Mr. Macdonald joined our board in November 2014 and became Chairman in June 2015. He is the President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals, Inc. since January 2008. From August 2003 until January 2008, Mr. Macdonald served as Executive Vice President of Operations of Idenix Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company. From 1981 to 2003 he served in various positions at Merck & Co., Inc., most recently serving as the Vice President for Anti-Infective and Hospital Products. In addition to his role on the Board of Tetraphase, Mr. Macdonald currently serves as Chairman of the board of directors of Spring Bank Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a privately held company. Mr. Macdonald received an Honours Degree in biochemistry from Dundee University in Dundee, Scotland.
Dr. Gilman joined our board on February 25, 2015. He most recently served as the Executive Vice President, Research & Development and Chief Scientific Officer at Cubist Pharmaceuticals until its acquisition by Merck & Co in January 2015. Prior to joining Cubist, Dr. Gilman served as President and CEO of ActivBiotics from March 2004 to June 2006 and Chairman and CEO from July 2006 to October 2007. Prior to ActivBiotics, Dr. Gilman worked at Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc., from October 2000 to March 2004 where he held a number of senior leadership roles including Vice President and General Manager, Inflammation. Prior to Millennium, he was Group Director at Pfizer Global Research and Development. He has also held scientific, business and academic appointments at Wyeth, Cytogen Corporation, Temple Medical School and Connecticut College. Dr. Gilman currently serves as Chairman and CEO of Contrafect Corporation (NASDAQ:CFRX) and on the board of directors of Keryx (NASDAQ:KERX), Vericel Corporation (NASDAQ:VCEL), Momenta Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:MNTA), the Massachusetts Biotechnology Association, the Northeastern University Drug Discovery Advisory Board and the Penn State University Biotechnology Advisory Board. Dr. Gilman received his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in microbiology form Pennsylvania State University, his post-doctoral training at Scripps Clinical and Research Foundation and received a B.A. in microbiology from Miami University of Ohio.
Dr. Hanham has served as a member of our board of directors since December 2008. Prior to becoming a Founding Partner and Managing Director of BAR Capital Management in December 2013, she was a General Partner with Burrill & Company, a life sciences venture capital firm. From 1998 to 2000, Dr. Hanham was a co-founder and Vice President of Clinical & Regulatory Affairs at InterMune, Inc. From 1995 to 1998, she served as the Senior Director for Oncology Product Development at Otsuka Pharmaceuticals and from 1991 to 1995 as the Medical Director for Celtrix Pharmaceuticals. From 1988 to 1991, Dr. Hanham worked for Becton Dickinson in both regulatory and clinical affairs for the monoclonal antibody program, and from 1984 to 1988 as a regulatory toxicologist with the Health Protection Branch of Health and Welfare Canada. She has also served as a member of the board of directors of Adlyfe Inc. since 2006, Acusphere, Inc. since 2013, Endocyte, Inc. (NASDAQ: ECYT) since 2004, and Waterstone Pharmaceuticals, Inc. since 2008. Dr. Hanham holds a Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia, an MSc from Simon Fraser University, and a BSc from the University of Toronto. She was also Board Certified in Toxicology in 1986.
Mr. Hastings joined our board in September 2015. Since February 2015, he has served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Unilife Corporation (NASDAQ:UNIS). Prior to joining Unilife, Mr. Hastings served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Incyte Corporation (NASDAQ:INCY) from October 2003 to October 2014. From February 2000 to September 2003, Mr. Hastings served as Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of ArQule, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARQL). Prior to his employment with ArQule and from June 1997 to February 2000, Mr. Hastings was Vice President and Corporate Controller at Genzyme, Inc. (NASDAQ:GENZ), where he was responsible for the management of the finance department. Prior to his employment with Genzyme and from May 1994 to June 1997, Mr. Hastings was the Director of Finance at Sepracor, Inc. (NASDAQ:SEPR), where he was primarily responsible for Sepracor’s internal and external reporting. Mr. Hastings received his B.A. in Economics at the University of Vermont.
President & Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Taglietti joined SCYNEXIS as Chief Executive Officer in April 2015 and has been a member of our board since November 2014. He became SCYNEXIS President in September 2015. He served as Executive Vice President, Research and Development, and Chief Medical Officer of Forest Laboratories, Inc. and also as President of the Forest Research Institute until its acquisition by Actavis in 2014. Prior to joining Forest Laboratories, Inc. in 2007, Dr. Taglietti held the position of Senior Vice President, Head of Global Research and Development, at Stiefel Laboratories, Inc. for three years. He joined Stiefel Laboratories, Inc. after 12 years at Schering-Plough Corporation where he last held the position of Vice President, Worldwide Clinical Research for Anti-Infectives, Oncology, CNS, Endocrinology and Dermatology. Dr. Taglietti began his pharmaceutical career at Marion Merrell Dow Research Institute. Over the course of his career, he has brought to market 35 different products in the U.S. and internationally. Dr. Taglietti currently serves on the Board of Directors of NephroGenex, Inc. (NASDAQ:NRX) and Delcath (NASDAQ:DCTH) He received his medical degree and board certifications from the University of Pavia in Italy.
Ms. McCourt joined our board in January 2017. Ms. McCourt brings to the board more than two decades of wide-ranging leadership experience at several of the world's most respected and innovative biopharmaceutical companies. Since April 2017, Ms. McCourt has served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Axovant Sciences, Inc. (NYSE:AXON). Prior to joining Axovant Sciences, Ms. McCourt served as Chief Operating Officer of Medivation, Inc. from February 2016 until its acquisition by Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE). Prior to Medivation, Ms. McCourt served as Vice President of U.S. Commercial Operations at Amgen Inc. (NASDAQ:AMGN), one of the world's leading independent biotechnology companies. Prior to that, she also served as Vice President and General Manager of Amgen's Bone Health & Primary Care Business Unit. Before joining Amgen, Ms. McCourt held numerous positions of increasing responsibility over a twelve-year career at AstraZeneca (NYSE:AZN) in the U.S. and Canada. There, she ultimately achieved the title of Chief Operating Officer of AstraZeneca U.S. where she was responsible for all U.S. commercial functions, including medical affairs, business development, finance, human resources, legal, operations, and corporate affairs. Ms. McCourt holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Lafayette College.